Babi Yar

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1970 - History - 477 pages
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Babi Yar is a ravine outside the Ukrainian capital of Kiev and a site of massacres carried out by German forces and by local Ukrainian collaborators during their campaign against the Soviet Union in World War II. The first and best documented of the massacres took place 29–30 September 1941, killing 33,771 Jews. This book records the author's experience under the Nazis in the Ukraine. Anatoli was 12 years old in 1941 when the Germans occupied Kiev. Beginning with seventy thousand Jews, they proceeded to murder hundreds of thousands of the city's population in the ravine of Babi Yar, and deported thousands more to Germany for slave labor. Anatoli survived two incredible years of slaughter, terror, and starvation. As the Soivet Army approached from the East, the Nazis began their frantic and methodical attempt to erase the evidence of their crimes at Babi Yar. Anatoli first published the book Babi Yar about these atrocities in the Soviet Union in 1966, however the book was censored by the Soviets so the sense of the book was distorted and many original passages deleted. Anatoli escaped to the West in 1969, smuggling out of Russia films of his uncensored manuscripts. This book is uncensored version of Babi Yar. It shows far more than anti-German sentiments, the oppression and persecution he so movingly documents is as much Soviet as Nazi. -- Publisher description

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User Review  - sross008 - LibraryThing

Babi Yar was included on so many Top 100 lists that I was intrigued, and I can't say I was disappointed in the book, but it wasn't the gripping expose I'd expected. The free-flowing structure makes ... Read full review

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User Review  - s_mcinally - LibraryThing

This is one of the most moving books I have ever read. The urgency of the author's message continues to ring in my ears almost 5 years after having read it. If I had to choose the best book about the ... Read full review

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